The first year MD cohort at the University of Western Australia participated in answering a question.
As a future doctor, would you be comfortable in performing legal assisted suicide for a patient?
- Yes, I am comfortable being involved in assisted suicide
- No, but other physicians may participate in assisted suicide
- No, physicians should not be involved with assisted suicide
91 medical students responded and the response distribution is shown in the pie chart below
95% of students were not opposed to Euthanasia with 64% of participants happy to be directly involved with assisted suicide once they have graduated. 36%, however, are against direct involvement with assisted suicide. In a 2007 study of 854 Victorian doctors, 53% of doctors were in support of Euthanasia, quite similar to the 64% found in our smaller survey.1
- South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. End of Life Choice [Internet]. Kent Town: South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society 2014 [cited 2015 Apr 9]. Available from: http://www.saves.asn.au/bulletins/mp_eol_newsltr/mp_newsletter220914.pdf